Today’s world is so different from when I was growing up. I never worried about being in school. It was a safe place for me. It’s not the case today. Whatever happened to those carefree days when you can play in the schoolyard with friends and just be a kid. I worried for my son everyday. Even though he’s only in second grade, I have heard instances of bullying in his school. I just couldn’t believe it. Why are these 7 or 8 year olds bullying each other? It is a topic that is heavily discussed in his school. I firmly believe in making him aware of the signs & what he should do.
Netflix was one of the first places that helped me shed light on the topic at home. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. They have a selection of films for little & big kids to choose from. Since Andre is into super heroes right now, I was able to select some of his favorite characters such as Ben 10 and the Avengers. As we watched a few episodes, we chatted about how these heroes stood up and tackled the bad guys.
For the bigger kids Netflix has a selection of films that showcase different forms of bullying as well. I was a bit surprised that one of my favorite films Billy Elliott was in the selection. As I remembered what the film was about, it’s true. His best friend was teased for being “different” and that’s definitely a punk’s way of bullying someone.
This was a great time for Andre & I to spend time together & talk about such a serious topic that will affect him daily. I want us to have that open dialogue where he can tell me or his father anything. It seems that most bullied kids don’t talk about their fears which leads to a dreaded end.
There are some great tips you can share with your kids on how to recognize bullying & what to do about it.
If you are being bullied
1. Tell an adult. Sometimes you may have to tell more than one trusted adult. Ask your friends to help you. There is safety in numbers.
Practice what to say the next time you’re bullied with your parents, teachers or friends.
2. Stay calm and confident. Don’t show the bully that you’re sad or mad. Ignore the bully and walk away. Remember: Fighting back can make bullying worse.
If you witness someone being bullied
1. Stand next to, or speak up for, the person being bullied. Ask the bully to stop.Comfort the person being bullied and offer friendship.
2. Walk away and get help. Find an adult who can intervene.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I received a Netflix subscription free for one year.